John Irving

Life forces enough final decisions on us. We should have the sense to avoid as many of the unnecessary ones as we can.

John Winslow Irving (born 2 March 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for The Cider House Rules, based on his novel of the same name).

QuotesEdit

A part of adolescence is feeling that there's no one else around you who's enough like yourself to understand you.
You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
  • He wrote Helen that "a part of adolescence is feeling that there's no one else around you who's enough like yourself to understand you."
  • Imagination, he realized, came harder than memory.
    • The World According to Garp, ch. 5
  • In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.
    • The World According to Garp, ch. 19
  • To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread, we were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.
  • You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
    • The Hotel New Hampshire, ch. 11
  • Life forces enough final decisions on us. We should have the sense to avoid as many of the unnecessary ones as we can.

Interview in Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews (1988)Edit

Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton, Penguin, 1988, ISBN 0-140-10761-4
  • Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background. He just didn’t know he was a novelist. All those damn psychiatrists after him, they didn’t know he was a novelist either.
  • Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.

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